The Tick Cell Biobank is moving to the Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool, on Tuesday 2 May 2017. Please contact Dr Lesley Bell-Sakyi for further information at L.Bell-Sakyi@liverpool.ac.uk
Ticks are blood-feeding arthropods which transmit many human and animal diseases.
Research into prevention and cure of these diseases, which are caused by viruses, bacteria and protozoa, is greatly assisted by the use of cell culture systems that enable study of both how tick cells function, and how and why ticks transmit these disease-causing pathogens.
The Tick Cell Biobank is establishing a collection of all the continuous cell lines derived from ixodid and argasid ticks of medical and veterinary importance available worldwide now and in future. The Biobank also houses a small collection of tick-borne bacteria.